Published November 29, 2015
A Georgia father has filed a lawsuit after he says the principal at his daughter’s elementary school told him he was not allowed to bring his gun on school grounds.
MyFoxAtlanta.com reported Friday that the lawsuit claims that the principal told Hugh Myers that he could not bring his gun onto the campus of Beulah Elementary School other than when he is dropping off or picking up his daughter. The principal allegedly threatened to have him arrested if he did so.
Myers’ attorney John Monroe is arguing that Myers is allowed to bring his gun under a new Georgia law that took effect last month, according to MyFoxAtlanta.com.
The bill allows guns in bars without restrictions and guns in some government buildings that don't have certain security measures, such as metal detectors or security guards screening visitors. Religious leaders have the final say as to whether guns can be carried into their place of worship.
Under the law, school districts are now able, if they choose, to allow some employees to carry a firearm on school grounds under certain conditions.
According to MyFoxAtlanta.com, the lawsuit states that Myers frequently goes to the school to participate in his daughter’s activities, and wishes to carry a gun in case of confrontation.
Monroe told MyFoxAtlanta.com the new law protects his client’s right to do so.
“He’s anxious for it to get resolved so he can begin exercising his right,” Monroe said.
The principal told MyFoxAtlanta.com that the case is “now a legal matter.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report